Ana Hajduka, CEO, Africa GreenCo The lack of creditworthy buyers is a key factor deterring investment in renewable energy (RE) in the SADC region, creating a vicious cycle of falling investment, higher cost of capital and poor power system performance.
This slows and limits the portfolio of RE Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in the region and limits the share of commercial finance for RE IPPs, which is needed alongside development finance to achieve the scale required to address the significant supply shortfall in the SADC region.
, climate change and to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
However, the growth of renewable power generation is a challenge for most markets, particularly with intermittent generation such as solar.
Traditional energy projects have generally sought to isolate themselves from factors external to the project itself.
Thus, RE integration is done suboptimally, and the onus of managing the integration falls on host utilities and fixed contracts that neither reward nor incentivize more efficient behavior and can create tension with the weather.
In a future in which the share of renewable energies within the energy mix is increasing, the flexibility of the national and regional system becomes increasingly crucial.
Introduction to GreenCo GreenCo, through its operating entities in SADC, acts as an intermediary buyer and supplier of renewable energy, purchasing power from renewable IPPs and reselling the power bilaterally to utilities and private sector buyers (i.e., commercial and Industrial (C&I)) and the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) Competitive Markets as the first member of the SAPP under the newly created 'Market Participant' category.
GreenCo mitigates the risk of buyer default on payments through its liquidity facility and an operational capability to secure alternative buyers or by using SAPP Competitive Markets trading if such a default exists.
Through its participation in SAPP Competitive Markets, GreenCo promotes cross-border energy transactions and a more dynamic and liquid energy market.
Ultimately, such a market stimulates the supply and demand for financing for energy projects, facilitating the more efficient mobilization of private sector capital towards the addition of critical and transformative capacity.
Recognizing the challenges faced by national utilities in SADC and the unsustainable burden placed on national governments in providing sovereign guarantees regarding their national utilities' obligations to IPPs, GreenCo aims to facilitate the evolution of energy markets in southern Africa towards a dynamic multi-vendor, multi-buyer model.
In addition, as a way to catalyze access to clean electricity through private sector investment, for projects in which GreenCo acts as a buyer, the sovereign guarantee requirement for power purchase payment obligations is eliminated, since GreenCo does not need fiscal guarantees for energy purchase obligations.
GreenCo's vision is to lead the sustainable transformation of renewable energy markets in Africa with its innovative approach to addressing buyer creditworthiness, the most significant hurdle to unlocking private sector investment in new renewable power generation capacity in the world.
GreenCo Regional response to the problem GreenCo is an exciting investment opportunity that takes a market-based approach to support renewable energy generation in southern Africa.
In doing so, GreenCo helps with the continued development of the energy markets in southern Africa to offer a more robust and efficient electricity system and market.
GreenCo is aligned with national and regional electricity sector developments that seek to improve open access regimes to encourage greater private sector investment in the electricity sector.
On June 20, 2022, Africa GreenCo announced its intention to purchase an additional 80 MW of renewable energy from Zambia and up to 500 MW of renewable energy from other SAPP countries, while accelerating its regional development plans.
Through such acquisition programs, GreenCo is responding to increased activity throughout the region, where many developers are seeking opportunities to sell energy from their projects to SAPP to avoid single-buyer risk.
Additionally, banks are looking at GreenCo as a way to reduce liquidity risk for C&I-focused developers.
The announcement that South Africa will buy energy from SAPP has also demonstrated the potential benefits for early adopters.
GreenCo has been involved in South Africa, where it commented extensively on the Electricity Act published earlier this year.
The company aims to build on its regional model in the country, purchasing power from multiple IPPs and selling it to municipalities and large C&I clients.
GreenCo Power Services was incorporated in South Africa in July. GreenCo hopes to provide access to the SAPP markets for South African clients and other players in the South African ESI.
Importance of market development GreenCo has already impacted certain market developments through its activities, particularly in Zambia, Namibia and more recently South Africa, to ensure that brokers/traders, such as GreenCo, are recognized in market developments that have recently occurred.
The Pilot Project in Zambia is also driving the development of many underlying arrangements that the market requires to enable open access.
While such activities have benefited GreenCo, they will also benefit other players who will hopefully follow GreenCo's pioneering work.
Over time, the SAPP Competitive Market has shown that it is a viable option for the sale of energy, with a market risk within acceptable levels.
SAPP requires members who purchase from SAPP Competitive Markets to make an advance security deposit in SAPP clearing accounts prior to trading.
The market operator has complete visibility into these accounts and continuously monitors them so that members continue to trade.
Any Buying Member whose account balance falls below the level required for their trading activities will be suspended until the account is replenished.
This mitigates the payment risk of SAPP Competitive Markets.
GreenCo was established to address the key hurdle of risk and bankability.
GreenCo's solvency as a long-term buyer stems from the significant liquidity cushion it provides, linked to its practical and operational ability to diversify and mitigate risk by adopting a portfolio approach, selling to both bilateral C&I clients and through SAPP Competitive Markets.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH), SADC and the African Union – Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organized the Third Meeting of the Leaf Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) roadmap, followed by training on risk-based approaches to PPR prevention and emergency response in historically free SADC countries.
Background Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is a highly contagious and widespread viral disease that continues to affect mainly domestic small ruminants, but also some wild animals, since 1942, when it was first reported in Côte D'Ivoire.
Since then, the geographic distribution of PPR has been extensive and has spread to numerous parts of the world.
Of the 16 SADC Member States, six (6) of them are officially recognized by WOAH as PPR free with one (1) country officially recognized as a PPR free zone, while five (5) countries do not have WOAH but have never detected PPR.
PPR is present (endemic) in the remaining four (4) SADC Member States, posing a serious threat to the rest of the region.
The PPR Global Control and Eradication Strategy (PPR GCES), prepared jointly by FAO and WOAH, was approved in April 2015 in Côte d'Ivoire.
Subsequently, the PPR Global Eradication Program (PPR GEP I) was developed to launch the first implementation phase of the strategy for 2017-2021.
The Abidjan conference recommended a review of the implementation of the strategy after the first five years.
In 2021, FAO and WOAH launched the revision of the PPR GEP I to formulate the second phase of the PPR GEP (PPR GEP II).
The PPR GEP review process is currently underway with the expectation of launching the second phase of the PPR GEP in early November 2022.
Working together FAO, WOAH, SADC and AU-IBAR led by the Global Strategy for Control and Eradication of PPR are working collaboratively.
to (i) eradicate PPR by 2030, (ii) strengthen veterinary services, and (iii) reduce the impact of other major infectious diseases of small ruminants in the SADC region.
PPR represents a serious impediment to small ruminant value chains and a tremendous threat to sheep and goat health, food security, and the social welfare and livelihoods of smallholders.
Countries that are not infected with PPR are being enabled to demonstrate through evidence and data obtained from extensive surveillance activities the absence to gain official recognition of PPR free status from WOAH.
From 12 to 14 September 2022, the third regional meeting of the roadmap was organized in Gaborone-Botswana.
The objectives of the meeting were: i) to review and update the epidemiological situation of PPR in southern Africa; ii) update the progress of Southern African countries through the PPR control stages; iii) map the key activities to prevent and control PPR, including projects; iv) identify and adopt next steps for PPR control in SADC countries; and v) identify key capacity gaps and challenges affecting PPR control/eradication in Southern African countries and agree on proposed solutions and recommendations.
The meeting was attended by 35 participants from Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as representatives from FAO and WOAH headquarters and sub-regional offices, the SADC Secretariat, AU -IBAR, AU-PANVAC and the Botswana Vaccine Institute, Following the third regional roadmap meeting, training on risk-based approaches to PPR prevention and response was conducted.
emergency in historically free SADC countries from 15 to 16 September 2022 in Gaborone.
The training paved the way for historically free countries in the SADC region to develop emergency preparedness and response plans and train them in the preparation of dossiers to be submitted to WOAH for declaration of PPR freedom.
The objectives of the training were i) to provide an overview of the epidemiology, clinical signs and diagnosis of PPR in small ruminants and wildlife, ii) to describe the surveillance activities that can be implemented to demonstrate the absence of PPR, iii) describe other necessary dossier submission requirements, including the development of emergency preparedness and response plans, as well as iv) assist countries in developing dossier submission work plans.
The training was attended by 26 participants from the following countries: Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Mauritius.
Results and recommendations on the eradication of Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) Considering that there are 3 groups of countries within the region: PPR free, historically free and infected countries, the meeting agreed that: For PPR free countries, recommended that: i) development of new contingency plans or review of existing ones, ii) that partners support simulation activities to validate contingency plans; iii) Member States, with the support of FAO/WOAH/IBAR/PANVAC, address challenges related to shipping samples.
For historically free countries, it was recommended that i) countries mobilize resources and upgrade PPR surveillance to national coverage and include wildlife; ii) Intensify awareness campaigns for all actors in the value chain; iii) capacity building for Member States for the preparation of dossiers; iv) Harmonized regional PPR surveillance; v) Organize cross-border harmonization and bilateral meetings and vi) Countries wishing to be declared PPR-free by 2024 should submit their dossiers by June 2023.
FAO stands ready to support and WOAH will provide guidance.
For infected countries, there is a need to develop disease trend maps to guide prevention and control interventions through: i) emphasizing the importance of strengthening partnerships and collaborations within the region as we move towards eradication; ii) Need for a communication platform to share experiences and good practices due to the different levels of capacity of the countries; iii) It is necessary to strengthen the management and exchange of data between countries within the region; iv) Need for cross-border/cross-border harmonization on surveillance and vaccination within the region as we move towards eradication; v) Develop advocacy for resource mobilization at the national level and vi) Establish a Protection Zone (epistemic buffer zone) in southern Tanzania, DRC and Angola to protect SADC by focusing on surveillance and vaccination.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden.
The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national, regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting, where trade, investment, global peace and stability, health, as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed.
TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment, there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa, where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors.
A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties.
In 2023, South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US.
President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade, which will create much-needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa.
President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa's concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products, which South Africa views as unfair and punitive.
JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition.
to clean energy.
Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference ( COP 27) in November 2022 in Egypt.
REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique.
President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique.
President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region.
FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State.
"After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year, there is a consensus to support Africa's efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing, which will strengthen Africa's independence to ensure the continent's food security," said President Ramaphosa.
BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia's malign activities in Africa, which is currently before the US Congress.
President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law, the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth.
President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres can provide in leading a peace process.
HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics.
This includes continued support for PEPFAR's programs to combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO's TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing.
UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa's representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa.
This includes the proposal for Africa's entry through the African Union (AU) into the Group of 20 countries (G20).
“The lack of representation of Africa's 1.3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order,” said President Ramaphosa.
Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations.
BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa's efforts to develop public servants, especially women.
In this regard, the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants.
Prior to meeting with President Biden, President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence, where they discussed women's empowerment, health and safety, partnership in technology and space exploration.
While the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, visits Mozambique, thousands of people flee attacks in the north of the country as the conflict between armed groups and the Mozambican government spreads .
On Thursday, the Islamic State (ISIS)-linked armed group, often called Al-Shabab or Mashababos locally, claimed responsibility for attacks on several villages, including two in Nampula province.
Several witnesses told Human Rights Watch that this week, armed men burned houses, a school, and a church in the Comboni Catholic Mission in the town of Chipene in Nampula.
Many civilians were killed, including an Italian nun.
Nampula is south of where the armed group has historically been active, in the northernmost Cabo Delgado and Niassa provinces of Mozambique, a sign that the conflict, which began in Cabo Delgado in October 2017, is spreading.
Mozambique has been receiving international assistance, including regional military support, from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
It is also receiving financial support and training for counterterrorism operations from the US and the EU.
During Borrell's visit on 8-9 September, the EU announced that it was providing additional support to the SADC Military Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), a regional peacekeeping mission, for peacebuilding and community dialogue.
As part of its aid package, the EU should also prioritize humanitarian assistance to almost a million internally displaced people who have fled their homes in northern Mozambique over the past five years.
The displaced remain in camps and informal settlements with limited access to basic needs such as food, health care and education.
The EU must also ensure that women and children, who have been made exceptionally vulnerable by the conflict, play a central role in any dialogue and peacebuilding efforts it supports.
In his statements to the press, Borrell stressed that the fight against terrorism should not only have a military component, and that "economic growth, job creation, people's well-being, public services, education, health ” are the basis of peace and a “good society”, which he called “the only remedy against terror”.
But the EU's foreign policy chief failed to mention a key component of this response: accountability.
The EU must ensure that any military training provided is also focused on the prevention of abuses by the Mozambican armed forces.
The Mozambican authorities must investigate human rights abuses committed by state security forces, as well as by the ISIS-linked group, and prosecute those involved in fair trials to ensure justice for the victims of this conflict.
The investment opportunities and prospects for economic growth in the southern African region are encouraging despite recent headwinds from a global pandemic and food crisis, said Senior Vice President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.
org), Swazi Tshabalala.
Tshabalala attended the 42nd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which concluded last week in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa.
She was accompanied by bank officials Solomane Kone, deputy director general of the Central Africa Region; Jean-Guy Afrika, interim director of the bank's Regional Integration Coordination Office; and Dr. Lufeyo Banda, director of regional operations.
Tshabalala said: “The African Development Bank Group is very optimistic about the future of the SADC region.
Although the pandemic and food crisis challenged the region in ways no one expected, regional cooperation on investment, security, infrastructure, health, climate, agriculture and trade is accelerating at an impressive rate.
These trends are creating new opportunities to strengthen the productive systems of the region and improve urban and regional infrastructure.” The Senior Vice President had fruitful discussions with various ministers and heads of state, including President Hakainde Hichilema of Zambia and President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi.
Both presidents expressed their gratitude for the support provided by the banking group over the years.
They emphasized the critical role of the African Development Fund, the bank's concessional lending window, in supporting their countries' development efforts.
Presidents Hichilema and Chakwera spoke of the urgent need to mobilize additional concessional resources.
They called on the African Development Bank Group to speed up the implementation of its flagship financial initiatives, especially the charter amendment of the African Development Fund, to enable it to access the financial market.
The delegation discussed and received feedback on some of the African Development Bank Group's flagship financial initiatives, including the recently launched African Emergency Food Production Facility, the 16th replenishment of the African Development Fund and related market access efforts.
the proposed reallocation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights through the African Development Bank Group, and the Equity-Indexed Investment Bonds initiative.
Bank officials also met with DRC finance minister Nicolas Kazadi and Mozambican deputy finance minister Amilcar Paia Tivane.
Discussions focused on the bank's active portfolio in both countries and the potential for mobilizing additional resources to close infrastructure gaps, support agricultural transformation, promote industrialization and trade, and help the two countries address pressing related concerns.
with safety and climate.
The SADC Heads of State Summit is organized annually and represents the highest political and decision-making body of the organization.
All 16 SADC member states attend the summit.
The regional leaders also reviewed the status of implementation of SADC initiatives and flagship programs and discussed pressing climate and security concerns.
The Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Candith Mashego-Dlamini, will embark on a working visit to the Levant region from August 21 to 26, 2022.
The Deputy Minister will visit Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
The working visit aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and the countries of the Levant.
This will include the formation of a Strategic Dialogue between Palestine and South Africa aimed at furthering the Palestinians' desire to establish a sovereign and independent state.
The visit is expected to provide the Deputy Minister with an opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in South Africa, the SADC region and the African continent.
During her stay in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, the Deputy Minister will hold meetings with her counterparts.
The meetings will aim to deepen relations between South Africa and these countries.
Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini will be accompanied by the Director General of the Department, Mr. Zane Dangor, and other officials.
The Director General will co-chair the second round of the South Africa-Palestinian Political Consultations, to be held in Ramallah on 21 August 2022.
During the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, which ended last night, President Wavel Ramkalawan made two main interventions on key decisions aligned with the agenda of Seychelles as an African Small Island Developing State .
The two decisions highlighted by the Head of State were, firstly, the urgency of addressing maritime security needs in the SADC region and the amendment of the SADC Treaty on the transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a Parliament of the SADC.
Commenting on Decision 2, Politics and Security in the Region, President Ramkalawan emphasized Seychelles' looming concern that maritime security continues to be a threat to its security, but is becoming one of the most important issues for the entire Seychelles.
“While the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia has diminished, we are seriously concerned about emerging maritime threats in our region.
The western part of the Indian Ocean is a highway for the transshipment of illegal narcotics, human trafficking and weapons.
Our marine resources are being plundered through illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and our oceans are being polluted by illegal dumping, contributing to the acidification of our oceans and seriously jeopardizing our livelihoods.
Let us also remember that everything indicates that the financing of the insurgency in our region is obtained from illegal and illicit activities, such as drug and arms trafficking that occurs on the high seas,” said President Ramkalawan.
Addressing the summit of Heads of State and Government, the President outlined a set of recommendations for the Summit which were then adopted as one of the key final decisions of this Summit to direct the course of the SADC Maritime Security Strategy.
In his second intervention on Agenda Decision 24, President Ramkalawan congratulated the SADC Summit on the immense progress made in transforming the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a SADC Parliament which has not only demonstrated the leadership of member states but genuinely believe in parliamentary democracy and support the notion that inter-parliamentaryism is a necessary pillar to achieve the coveted integration of the SADC region.
“The transformation of the Forum into a SADC Parliament will certainly bring us closer to achieving the SADC milestones and help us implement the long-term social and economic policies under the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. This step forward is in line with the developments that have occurred with the major and mature Regional Economic Communities around the world, all supported by the work of their respective Regional Parliaments.
From this perspective, the SADC region must also grow and evolve through increased cooperation at the parliamentary level.
It is therefore a matter of great satisfaction that the Summit has come this far with this demonstrated efficiency spearheaded by both the SADC Secretariat and the SADC-PF Secretariat in coordinating to bring the SADC Parliament to life” said President Ramkalawan.
After all the Summit deliberations, the Heads of State adopted the annotated agenda and final communiqué for the 42nd Ordinary SADC Heads of State Summit and signed several new legal resolutions and SADC treaty amendments.
President Ramkalawan, on behalf of the Republic of Seychelles, signed in favor of amending the treaty allowing for the transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a SADC Parliament.
At the conclusion of this year's SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, it was approved that the 43rd SADC Summit be held in Luanda, Angola, in 2023.
President Ramkalawan's presence at this year's summit it also provided an opportunity to network and interact with their SADC counterparts as well as raise other matters of interest to Seychelles.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is pleased with the progress made by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a number of issues of regional importance it is dealing with, including the reform process in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the conflict in Mozambique , the establishment of the SADC Logistics Center and the Counter-Terrorism Center.
President Ramaphosa said this at the conclusion of his working visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he led a South African delegation to the 42nd Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on August 16-17.
On the reform process in the Kingdom of Lesotho, President Ramaphosa said he was pleased with the positive report presented by Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro which serves as a true milestone in Basotho life.
SADC and South Africa played a very important role in bringing peace and normalcy to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
President Ramaphosa said that SADC was also satisfied with the progress made in pushing back insurgents in the Cabo Delgado area of the Republic of Mozambique and that SADC reaffirmed its "full commitment to supporting the people of Mozambique".
“What was nice was that people who had fled from the various areas of Cabo Delgado are now returning home, with greater confidence that SADC has been helping them bring peace,” said President Ramaphosa.
President Ramaphosa said that he too was pleased with the progress made by SADC in establishing its Logistics Center in the Republic of Botswana that will help countries in the region deal with emergency situations.
He said that he too was pleased with the progress made in the already operational anti-terrorism center in the Republic of Tanzania.
Regarding the logistics center, President Ramaphosa said, "We will be able to implement the various assistance measures when there are situations where our armed forces need to intervene, so there must be a good logistics depot or where there are other forms of emergency."
The President is also pleased with the progress made by SADC on issues in the Kingdom of Eswatini and on the challenges in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
He said he was happy that SADC set up a fact-finding mission in Eswatini and their decision to send a panel of elders "to go and find effective ways to deal with the situation."
President Wavel Ramkalawan was among the Heads of State and Government who gathered this morning in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the official opening ceremony of the 42nd Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
This year's summit is held under the theme: "Promoting Industrialization through Agricultural Processing, Mineral Beneficiation and Regional Value Chains for Inclusive and Resilient Economic Growth."
The highlights of the ceremony included the presentation of the panel of Heads of State and designated government representatives in attendance, followed by the Presentation of Medals of Honor for the Founding Fathers of SADC.
Marking the beginning of a new era of SADC leadership, the opening ceremony also saw the official handover of the SADC Presidency from the Republic of Malawi to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This was followed by the declaration of acceptance of the new SADC Chairman, H.E. Mr. Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilomb, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and host of the 42nd Ordinary SADC Summit.
President Ramkalawan was accompanied at the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government by the Ambassador of Seychelles to the African Union, Conrad Mederic, the Director of Regional Affairs, Mr. Christian Faure, and the Third Secretary of the SADC, Mr. Jean-Philippe Bannane.
After the opening ceremony, the Seychelles delegation attended the working session of the SADC body, where President Ramkalawan also spoke.
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, arrived yesterday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he will participate in the 42nd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government.
The President was received at the airport by the Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training, Ms. Antoinette Kipulu Kabenga, and other senior officials of the Congolese Government.
President Ramkalawan upon his arrival inspected the honor guard and was greeted by various artistic performances.
First on his agenda while in the DRC, the President organized a special meeting for members of the Seychellois community living in Kinshasa.
The President expressed his joy at meeting a number of Seychellois with links and roots in his homeland, Seychelles.
On behalf of the Seychellois community in Kinsasha, Ms. Hilda Chetty expressed her gratitude to President Ramkalawan and his delegation for taking the time to meet with them to listen to his views and challenges.
The President today (Wednesday 17 August) attended the official opening ceremony of the 42nd SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government and will speak on key areas relevant to Seychelles, such as maritime security and the parliamentary forum on the SADF.
Also present in Kinshasa are the Ambassador of Seychelles to the African Union, Conrad Mederic, the Director of Regional Affairs, Mr. Christian Faure, and the Third Secretary of the SADC Office, Mr. Jean-Philippe Bannane.